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Fraufraulein (Billy Gomberg / Anne Guthrie): Solum [CASSETTE] (Notice Recordings)

Using a handful of improvisations from French horn, bass guitar, voice, electronics and objects collaged with field recordings made separately, Ann Guthrie and Billy Gomberg reflect on their enforced domesticity during the 2020 lockdowns, using the time to expand on the balance of electronics & objects in relation to acoustic instruments, creating detailed abstractions.
 

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Label: Notice Recordings
Catalog ID: NTR065
Squidco Product Code: 30063

Format: CASSETTE
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded in San Francisco, California, in 2020.


Personnel:

Anne Guthrie-voice, French horn, electronics, objects, recordings

Billy Gomberg-bass guitar, electronics, objects, recordings

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Artist Biographies:

"Anne Guthrie is an acoustician, composer, and French horn player living in Brooklyn, NY. She studied music composition and english at the University of Iowa and architectural acoustics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she recently completed her Ph.D. Her music combines her knowledge of acoustics and contemporary composition/improvisation. Her electronic music has focused on exploiting the natural acoustic phenomena of unique architectural spaces through minimal processing of field recordings. Her composition has focused on the orchestration of non-musical sounds, speech in particular. Her French horn playing has focused on electronic processing and extended techniques used in improvisatory settings, as a soloist and with Fraufraulein and Delicate Sen, among others. Her acoustics research has focused on the use of ambisonics for stage acoustics. "

-Anne Guthrie Website (http://www.fraufraulein.com/anne/about)
6/9/2021

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"Billy Gomberg lives in Brooklyn NY. His practice incorporates analog synthesis, digital treatments, acoustic recordings and occasional instrumentation, navigating impressions of physicality via improvisation, process and space. Flyover Sound (Experimedia, a collaboration with Offthesky) received a nomination in the Experimentation/Research category of the 7th Qwartz Awards in Paris. Other releases include his LP False Heat (False), Certain Words Again and Again (Sunshine Ltd), and four years later (since, why not) on CD by the trio Delicate Sen (with Anne Guthrie & Richard Kamerman).

Recent works include visuals for Secret Pyramid's performance at MUTEK 2014, audio works in Paris and Viseu (Portugal), a brief tour with Anne Guthrie (as Fraufraulein) as well as their collaborative composition, "Remarks on Color," featured in the 2014 edition of the Experimental Music Yearbook.

Fraufraulein's CD Extinguishment was released by Another Timbre in early 2015, and Billy's solo record Slight At That Contact was pressed by Students of Decay and released in October 2016."

-Billy Gomberg Website (http://www.fraufraulein.com/billy/about)
6/9/2021

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Untitled 1 02:53

2. Untitled 2 08:38

3. Untitled 3 05:14

SIDE B



1. Untitled 4 02:47

2. Untitled 5 05:09

3. Untitled 6 06:00
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"On their first release since 2017, the duo of Anne Guthrie and Billy Gomberg craft a world inhabited by both the familiar and foreign. Guthrie's intimate vocals float like smoke over mysterious piano phrases; elements vacillating in and out of a sense of awareness. Bass and French horn, the duo's main instruments, are inquisitive and gentle, often present as a whisper, a quiet wind, an exhale. Sounds exist as distant vertical pillars, soon shifting into three-dimensional shapes, spinning autonomously. In this album there are meticulously placed auxiliary sounds, including textural field recordings and object play. They complicate and enrich the rigorously sparse instrumental notes, resulting in pieces that, in a vividly engaging way, are less domestic than they are the music of dream-like errands, or an inverted walk through a residential neighborhood."-Notice Recordings

Artists' statement:

"What became Solum is built from a handful of improvisations collaged with recordings made separately. Necessity somewhat determined creativity, and the work responds to and articulates the rather heightened domesticity of 2020. We still have to wait until 830-9p for the exhaust fan from the restaurant below us to shut off for the night if we want to do any acoustic recording, or accept (amplify) the way it vibrates our apartment. Our studio is really just our lives as they can be lived. As in most things, we have to trust that the other's direction is a good heading.

Materially, the instrumentation is somewhat more broad than the above would imply. I think our mix of electronics, recordings, horn & bass are still there but not as consistent a thread throughout, more dispersed in their roles. The range of electronics is certainly more varied and much less glossy than I think either of us have really applied before. We both brought homemade or found materials more than we have previously."-Anne Guthrie and Billy Gomberg 2021

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